ZigBee and Bluetooth: Low Energy and Smartphone Integration

Rivero Salazar, Armando (2014) ZigBee and Bluetooth: Low Energy and Smartphone Integration. Masters thesis, SUPSI.

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In recent years mobile computing has created a new era where people are using embedded devices everywhere. Smartphones, and mobile devices had got special attention from users and researchers. The gradual integration of devices used for health care, home automation, fitness, door locks, etc. with smartphones introduces a new generation and requirements for the design of gadgets. Although mobile devices can communicate wirelessly using various protocols like Bluetooth Low Energy introduced recently, IEEE 802.15.4 protocol is not integrated yet. This leads us to the development of a new device that interfaces the smartphone world with IEEE 802.15.4 based networks. This thesis project is the design, implementation and evaluation of BlupZi a novel translator device designed to communicate IEEE 802.15.4 networks with Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) enabled devices. BlupZi is able to stream data from BLE to IEEE 802.15.4 based devices and vice versa. BlupZi has a very low delay and satisfying throughput.

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